Chilli King Chinese is a simple decor restaurant on Northbridge serving northern Chinese cuisine, some dishes from the Szechuan region. The clientele is Chinese and I got a few looks reminding me of my time in China at a “foreigner” entering the restaurant. I was greeted and taken to the table to peruse the extensive menu. The waitress came over which is a prompt to “you’d better be ready to order!” I was and I settled on the spicy soup noodles with beef brisket, perfect for the cold winter. After some time, a bowl arrived filled with a dark red broth with lots of chillies hidden under the thin noodles, chunks of beef brisket, and bits of buk choy. The broth is tasty but probably needs a bit more seasoning. However, there’s plenty of spiciness via the lip numbing Szechuan chillies which have a slightly numbing effect but aren’t that hot. Slurping the broth with the noodles is a tasty affair, one is warmed up pretty quickly. I really loved the super tender delicious chunks of beef brisket which melt in your mouth. It’s a great meal for this weather and I polished off the soup.
On a cold winter’s day I was happy to head into the warm inviting atmosphere of Angel Falls Grill for breakfast. I started with a drink of papelon, which is like a lemonade, made with organic sugar. It’s really refreshing, not at all acidic or sweet, and tasty. For breakfast, I chose the empanada degustation which presents 4 mini empanadas filled with a different fillings (or you can have them filled with one filling). Empanadas are made out of corn, a pastry pocket of sorts, holding a variety of fillings, then deep fried. The pastry is light and the first empanada of shredded beef is very tender and tasty. I particularly liked the shredded chicken and bacon filling which was very flavoursome and delicious. The third empanada was much more milder, tender shredded beef and black beans presenting a mild hearty filling. For lovers of cheese like me, the fourth empanada has gooey cheese oozing out and is delightful. The empanadas also come with a choice of sauce so I got the Venezulean chilli kick sauce to dip the empanadas in. Maybe too much of a chilli kick first thing in the morning! Though really delicious. I was certainly sipping on the papelon and water to cool the buzz of the chilli. A different type of breakfast to start the day but I was more than satisfied.
With a big queue of people hanging outside the small Chu Bakery, once you taste their creations, you know what all the fuss is about. I got the matcha yuzu which presents a most delicious green tea flavoured cream on a crunchy pastry which has a yuzu jelly inside for a change in texture. So yum. I also got a Boston cream bun which was a doughnut filled with a lovely rich creamy vanilla custard with a chocolate top, and I also got a chilli passionfruit doughnut which was dusted with chilli and filled with a gooey passionfruit filling which was delicious. Excellent way to start the day, serving coffee and a range of pastries that are so naughty but very satisfying.
Being the first Venezuelan restaurant in Perth, the menu brings items not seen before at other restaurants. I thought I’d give the grilled meats a go as ‘grill’ is in the restaurant name. The AFG Parrilla presents lots of variety which most apealled to me so this was an easy choice and gives me a good idea of the type of food served and their execution. The Venezuelan version of chorizo doesn’t have the same paprika intensity as the Spanish variety, though this sausage happened to be a tad over salted. Despite that, the flavour is good and the chorizo is nicely cooked. I love the flavour the grill has imparted on the tender rump cap and porterhouse steaks. I was asked how I wanted my meat cooked and they delivered with two tender medium rare slices that were delicious and seasoned well. I thought the meat needed a sauce so the guasacaca, an avocado based sauce akin to guacamole, is a good match which brings moistness and freshness, though is a little unusual when paired with meat. However, it pairs exceptionally well with the grilled chicken making each bite that much better. One does have the option of ordering different salsas from the menu so the Venezuelan chilli kick would be my choice. Other Latin American cuisines have chimmi churri though I’m not sure if this is made in Venezuela too. The congri (rice, bacon and black bean mix) is very wintery. The soft rice grains with the soft black beans add lots of body to a dish dominated by meat. There’s only three yuca chips but it’s more than enough as each one is quite filling. I like the crunchy outer and soft, slightly starchy, yuca filling. They’re a bit like potato chips but different. I think yuca chips are really good though. I walked in hungry but left very full and satisfied. The interior is rustic and relaxed and the service very warm and friendly. I’m keen to try the other menu items so will be back to eat more Venezuelan cuisine.
The limited time offering of a 6 course Manjimup truffle degustation menu had me very interested and so I made a booking to enjoy the lowly night time views of Perth in a wonderful ambient setting and excellent service to boot. The night started with an amuse bouche of a delicious, rich, and very creamy ham hock soup with an excellent ham and cheese croquette. The next course served two perfectly cooked and seasoned scallops enjoyed with a soft tortellini encasing a lovely marron filling. The black squid ink cracker was also a very enjoyable element. The third course saw a lovely crumbed jacket, covered in shaved slices of truffle, encasing juicy mushrooms and enjoyed with a very creamy celeriac puree. A wonderful earthy dish. The main course continued on with the earthy theme, drawing upon earthy winter elements to present a very hearty dish based around a sous vide Angus beef tenderloin chunk which just pulled apart. The different mushroom textures allowed mushroom to be enjoyed in a number of ways, enhancing the beef. With all the food served, thankfully a light dessert was presented, a most fabulous macaron filled with a sumptuous milk chocolate ganache and a touch of passionfruit which was amazing. The chocolate soil simulated the crunch of passionfruit seeds, a clever textual play, even though the passionfruit sorbet was seedless, smooth and flavoursome. The final course presented a cheese board enjoyed with quince paste which was a lovely finish to the meal. A very impressive experience from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience and definitely recommend the degustation or even just a meal here from the set menu or al a carte menu.
I visited the 2 Brown Men stall and got a crispy vadai as I’m a sucker for anything deep fried and also a plain prata which is served with fish curry gravy (no fish, just the curry). The vadai was the first to arrive with a little spiced coconut chutney which was a delicious accompaniment. The vadai is nice and crunchy and had a lovely soft center flavoured by the chutney. That disappeared in no time. A lovely tasty snack. Then the plain prata was served which easily tore apart. Crunchy on the top, slightly elastic inside, the soft dough was a delight to eat on it’s own, but even better with a flavoursome curry to dip into. I was in the zone tearing off a piece, dipping, and enjoying. I polished that off, literally, the final pieces reserved to leave the bowl clean of it’s contents. Awesome value for just $3!!! I must point out that the curry doesn’t contain fish, it’s just the curry or gravy, but that’s all you need with a roti prata. I came back for a takeaway order of chicken biriyani. The chicken biriyani had an excellent texture of nice loose rice grains with a lovely spice and delicious tender flavoursome chicken and curried vegetables. Yummy lunch.
Another visit to Toffee Cafe is a must and I ordered the currywurst with sauerkraut and mashed potato. I decided to grab a table and dine in this time. I’m always happy when I’m pleasantly surprised on the upside as with the first bite today. What a delicious flavoursome sauce, tasty sausage, smooth creamy mashed potato, and a slight touch of acidity from the sauerkraut. What a delightful winter warmer. It might appear as a simple meal but all elements were done perfectly. Extremely satisfied. I also appreciate the warm service and hospitality from the couple that run this place, a trait which is rare in Perth.
Frank’d Hot Dogs are a new eatery close to the Northbridge Piazza offering patrons a range of crafted hot dogs using locally sourced buns and sausages from Elmar’s in the Swan Valley. I chose the Mad Dog and also a side of fries. Wow, what a generous serving! Lovely lightly toasted soft bun encasing a tasty bratwurst sausage. It’s the spicy tomato sauce and the ground beef which does it for me. I would have liked some more sauce at the bottom of the bun underneath the bratwurst to liven it up even more. The melted cheese and onions along with the other ingredients just work together to create a pretty good flavour combination. I also really enjoyed the perfectly seasoned and spice coated crunchy shoestring fries. Delicious meal.
It’s fantastic we have a brewery right in the heart of the city serving a range of brews, beers, and ciders. With a multi level venue including a roof top bar overlooking the city and the green grass of the Northbridge Piazza, it’s a casual relaxed spot to enjoy a pint or munch on the meals from the menu. I took a seat outside and ordered the southern fried chicken. It was a cold start to the day but the spices on the southern fried chicken start to warm you up. I really enjoyed the crunchy crispy perfectly cooked chicken coated in a light batter. There are three sauces served to liven up the delicious chicken. I particularly liked the first red chilli hot sauce which has a little extra bite, but the blue cheese sour cream is very soothing and the sweet chilli sauce is more on the sweet side to change tack. There’s a generous serve of chicken which left me comfortably full and satisfied.
Decanter are an American tapas style restaurant and bar not far from Centro Vic Park. I chose the 3 sliders for $18 and enjoyed the typically American cheeseburger, fried chicken with jalapeño, and the pulled pork with BBQ sauce. Each was delicious with lovely combinations of fillings and sauces. The buns are shiny but have slightly crunchy edges and are yum. For dessert I had the popcorn waffles which really should be shared. Yummy caramel coated popcorn, thick tasty waffles, enjoyed with 4 scoops of ice cream and syrup. Tasty, overindulgent, naughty, sugar overload, but I finished it all. Would like to come back for the tapas items. They’re open for lunch on certain days so swing by before you do your shopping.